Cape Town area

There is so much to do in and around this beautiful city!

Excursions and activities include:

CITY SHOPPING WITH A DIFFERENCE

This tour includes all things Capetonian – old, new, trendy and traditional. It is a half-day excursion which includes history, shopping and sightseeing. There are also great social development projects to visit such as:

  • Monkeybiz – where HIV+ women produce handcrafts out of telephone wire and beadwork – amazing!
  • Streetwires where former street kids make items out of wire, this is often combined with beadwork and other materials

Don’t miss:

  1. Shopping at the social upliftment projects – this is a MUST and the items are beautiful
  2. A walk through Company’s Gardens with the historic building around it
  3. Pop into the Castle of Good Hope for military history of the Cape
  4. A visit to the exuberant Bo-Kaap Quarter
     

TABLE MOUNTAIN

Majestic Table Mountain is very much The Icon of Cape Town. It sits in the middle of this glorious city. From its summit you can enjoy a spectacular panorama view of the city and the peninsula.

You can take a rotating cableway to the summit of The Mountain with wonderful views of Table Bay on your ascent to the top. Once at the top there are viewing platforms, pathways and signposted walks.

There are also many hiking trails on The Mountain; Capetonians always talk about “The Mountain.” While you are in Cape Town look out for the “Table Cloth” as it sweeps over The Mountain when weather conditions permit.


PENINSULA TOUR

This is a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard to the historic Cape of Good Hope. You will be able to ascend the lighthouse at Cape Point, which offers breathtaking views of the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents. Hopefully, you will see a few of our Chacma baboons along the way too.

Highlights include the following:

  • Chapmans Peak – one of the most scenic mountain passes in the world, almost 600m high 
  • Cape Point – some of the highest cliffs in the world
  • Boulders Beach – visiting the largest land-based African Penguin colony
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – with a magnificent mountain backdrop (if you are a lover of botanical gardens, do this on a separate day and take 2 to 3 hours in these exquisite gardens)
  • Boat trip to seal colony – optional (weather permitting)

WINELANDS TOURS

For those who appreciate the finer things in life. With breathtaking views, the Cape Winelands provide a splendid backdrop for wine tasting. South Africa produces fantastic New World wines!

Visit the following:

  • Historic Stellenbosch – South Africa’s oldest town with its authentic Cape-Dutch architecture
  • Franschhoek with its majestic valleys and the Huguenot Monument which celebrates 250 years of the French settlement in the area.

Optional Activities:

  • Chocolate and wine pairing
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Cheese tasting
  • Cheetah encounters - Spier Wine Estate – this is quite a commercial outfit but the cheetahs are there for educational purposes
  • Eagle Encounters - a fun and educational activity for the whole family!
  • Butterfly World – with the largest diversity of butterflies in the southern hemisphere

Suggestion:

Instead of just spending the day in the Winelands, why not stay a night or 2? Imagine waking up surrounded by picturesque mountains covered with grapevines. Imagine spending your day enjoying the scenery as you meander from one wine estate to the next, with all the time in the world to find those many award-winning restaurants situated in the Cape Wine region. You won’t regret it!


ROBBEN ISLAND
Visit the Robben Island prison where Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was incarcerated for many years. Tour the island which is now a World Heritage Site. Learn more about South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. Your prison tour will be conducted by a former inmate which makes this a special visit.


TOWNSHIP VISITS and meet the People
Townships were created under apartheid to displace “non-whites” from the city centre. Sadly, they continue to exist. These are not tours but rather visits, where travellers interact with township residents. They offer insight into the joy and pain of the real South Africa and will leave you with a lasting impression about how the majority of South Africans continue to live in the post-apartheid era.

  • Walk through a township with a resident
  • Visit the townships of Langa and Gugulethu
  • Familiarize yourself with local issues and witness post-apartheid improvements
  • Visit a local NGO and see how they are assisting the Government by serving disadvantaged communities
  • Shop for locally produced arts and crafts

On Sundays we include a visit to a local church.


HOME HOSTED LUNCH OR DINNER
  • Visit the home of a resident in the township of Gugulethu
  • Learn about the life of your host during the fight for liberation until today
  • Meet her friends and family and get to know some of the locals

CAPE MALAY COOKING AT A LOCAL HOME

As Cape Malay cuisine originates from people who were brought to South Africa from the Far East by the Dutch settlers, you will taste the Eastern influences of Cape Town.

  • Spend time in local stores shopping for spices and ingredients with your host. 
  • Visit a local home where you will be able to learn how to cook some traditional South African dishes.
  • This is an opportunity to meet normal South African’s while you cook and drink and share stories.

SHARK DIVING

The Cape’s waters are home to a caleidoscope of sea creatures, including the world’s most feared marine predator. Shark diving gives you a chance to see Great White Sharks in their natural habitat.

This tour includes:

  • A drive to Gaansbaai and back
  • An opportunity learn about shark behaviour from the experts
  • A chance to get up-close-and-personal with these magnificent marine predators
  • Breakfast and snacks

No diving qualifications necessary


HERMANUS WHALE WATCHING

Drive to Hermanus along spectacular Marine Drive overlooking the rocky coast. Hermanus is known for its abundant sightings of Southern Right Whales, which come close to shore to mate and calve from June to November. There are excellent vantage points from the cliffs, offering one of the best land-based whale watching experiences in the world.

The tour includes:

  • A drive along scenic Marine Drive
  • Land-based whale watching in Hermanus
  • Boat-based whale watching – optional
  • Wine tasting at an acclaimed wine estate - optional
  • Return along Sir Lowry’s Mountain Pass

More experiences of Cape Town

Shopping for funky South African art
On Saturday’s at the Old Biscuit Mill is the Organic Food market. Beyond just having organic food stuffs there are many artists who have shops and display their wears here. Make sure you pop into Clementina Van Der Walt’s ceramic studio, 3rd World Designs and Heartworks. By far our favourite stores here!

Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
In summertime, usually from late November until early April there are sunset concerts at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Thanks to the mountain in the background, the views here are hard to beat. Locals flock every Sunday for these music concerts which start at 5 pm. Bring a picnic basket or buy one there and a bottle of wine. But be sure to arrive early, around 3pm, to enjoy your picnic before the concert starts and to get a parking close to the gates.

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